Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Remembering John Inman


This British sitcom was broadcast between 1972 and 1985. It was set in the men's and women's fashion departments of Grace Brothers, an upscale (fictional) London department store. The idea for the show came from one of the creator's brief stints working at Simpsons of Piccadilly in the early 1950's. Edgy for the early 1970's was that Are you Being Served? featured an obviously gay character.


Played by actor John Inman"Mr. Humphrie" was a regular star of the show.  His catchphrases, very campy mannerisms and sexual double-entendres were a part of every episode. He worked in the men's clothing department and was always ready to measure pants when the male customer was handsome.  It's reported that the BBC, when contemplating making the series, tried at first to insist that Mr Humphries was removed because he was a gay character. Audiences took to him and the rest of the cast, which is why it lasted so long.  However, not all gay men were happy about the role.


Inman once reported that four or five members of the group Campaign for Homosexual Equality picketed one of his shows in protest as they believed his persona did not help their cause. Inman said that "they thought I was over exaggerating the gay character. But I don't think I do."  Others were happy to see a gay man portrayed on national television who was liked by his co-workers, not fired by his employers, and viewed the fact he was on television as a positive statement.


Both Inman and the producers denied that Mr Humphries compounded a stereotype of gay men. In 1976, he was named the BBC TV personality of the year.  In December 2005 Mr. Inman formed a civil partnership with his partner of 33 years, Ron Lynch.  Inman and David Croft (a show creator) stated that the character was "just a mother's boy" and that his sexual orientation was never explicitly stated.



Actress Rula Lenska, who worked with Mr Inman, told the BBC:  "It was suggestive but never in your face or aggressive. It had an innocent quality that you rarely find today." 


Inman continued to play in live shows after his success as Mr. Humphries, and began to incorporate camp mannerisms into those performances too, once saying "Even when I'm not playing Mr Humphries, say at a summer season, I camp it up a bit. If I don't the audience are disappointed.."  Inman went on to star in more than 40 pantomimes, and was often cast as the dame. He used to make his own costumes and write his own jokes. He passed away in 2007.















 


 





Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Valentine Just for You!

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!
One of the hottest and most-desirable forms of online erotica these days are oftentimes the private personal web pages of studly gentlemen who know they're sexually attractive and enjoy sharing (some might say showing off) their goods.  It's easy to understand why this would be appealing to straight and gay men alike--especially those alpha-male-types--and anyway, who wouldn't want to receive adoration from people around the world wanting to suck your dick?  Unfortunately, some of these guys restrict viewing access of their web pages to only those who they invite beforehand.  For example, a handsome, married 38 year-old Florida man boasts to have over 1,200 followers (almost all of them women, although sometimes a guy works his way in by pretending to be a female) who he's granted access to view his restricted web pages.  A pic temporarily makes it way onto gay photo sharing sites until it gets demanded to be removed.  In addition to displaying his masturbatory skills in his car and bathroom in his photos and videos, this sexy daddy of three is said to have been offered big-money deals with mainstream porn producers which he's turned down, reportedly because his family comes first in his life.  Luckily, there are other online studs who do  not restrict viewership and  allow anyone who discovers their web pages access to adore their masculine beauty.  

This sexy straight Italian stud allows fans to enjoy!

For Valentine's Day, VGMH is happy to send this link to a sexy and straight 34 year old nudist Italian stud who shares lots of pics of himself for his fans (men and women) to enjoy.  There's so many great things about this man, it's hard to know where to begin.  He's handsome and has a great natural body.  And those sexy balls on him seem to be not just for playing with by his girlfriends, but also appear to be uber-masculine industrial-strength sperm factories, as his web page boasts '700 milions of sperms a day' and 'I've knocked up six girls ( i'm an inseminator)'.  His photos are high quality and provide great viewing.   This magnificent cocksman has a section on his web pages to ask him questions and leave appreciative notes, and it's recommended that we call encourage him to continue.  If we could ask him one request it would be for some erection photos.





Saturday, February 11, 2017

LIFE PROTECTION PLAN
Fall ad Winter: The weather gets crisper, the days get shorter, and leaves turn colors. Winter is coming!  There's a lot of talk about climate change these days, and we rely on the old methodology...if it's cold outside, a man's natural bodily instincts will kick-in and protect the family jewels from the harsh elements and offer nonstop desires to stick his "stick" into a warm and welcome opening.

But wait! There's yet one more observation.  For survival, this is the time of year when some wild male animals are busy growing new, thicker body fur to keep warm during the upcoming winter months. Nature knows what's ahead and protects these playful mammals...just consider the Brown Bear, Siberian Tiger, and of course the American Wolf.  Instincts for survival no doubt made men with thick beards and very hairy chests (growing up their necks for visual confirmation) top potential breeders.  These dudes had the sperm to not only fertilize chicks to guarantee their DNA survival, but the bodily protection to survive the harsh weather elements, and the machismo to enjoy some male bonding time.

VGMH sees many hairy wolves living in their daily urban habitat ...walking around (upright) in heavy work boots, driving Jeeps Cherokees, drinking coffee, and drooling at the Best Buy electronics counters. A thick bush of  hair helps to hold on to heat...important in prehistoric times when men wore minimal clothing. Okay, so this is really just a cheesy excuse to show some hairy men...let's have some fun with the season! Judging by the thick fur these men are sprouting, it's going to be a c-c-cc-cold season.

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, this winter will see more days of shivery conditions: a winter during which temperatures will average below normal for about three-quarters of the United States.












Saturday, January 14, 2017

Harry Reems (part one)

Born in 1947, Herbert Streicher grew up in a Jewish family and was just a regular nice (kind of shy) boy, sincere with simple traits that Herbert maintained throughout his life.  He attended college at the University of Pittsburgh before dropping out to join the Marines, and after that he decided to become an actor.  

Herb was handsome enough, but it was probably that head of beautiful thick hair and those dense eyebrows that drew attention towards his way at first glance.  When he grew what would become his trademark moustache, it seemed that Harry would always stand out in a crowd.    Smart, easy to talk with and having a fun personality, young Herb got noticed by ladies.  “I loved sex,” he said later. “I was very promiscuous. And I loved acting.”
Swarthy Herb began showing off his man-goods in New York's porn business. Young actors typically work numerous jobs to support themselves and this was also the case with Herb. The adult entertainment business has a long history of offering aspiring theatrical talent a way to pay the rent.  In need of some quick cash, Herb began working on sex films, both behind the scenes and as a performer.  It was good pay but it was also risky because everything was on the shady side of the law and there was the constant risk of a police raid.  He would later recall that these were still the 'underground' days of smut when they paid sex actors in cash from a steel box for that day's work on the spot, the fewer questions asked the better.  Herb was also a member of SAG [Screen Actors Guild] and this anonymous arrangement worked well for him and the others working on these sex loops.  Because this was before computers and the Internet, there was the reality that only a small portion of the public would actually ever see these sex tapes.  With that in mind, it was not unusual for young good looking straight actors to take masculine parts in gay loops avoiding showing their faces as much as possible.  To date, no gay loops from the early late 1960s through early 1970s have been confirmed to include Reems under any names.  In his hundreds of sex loops, Harry had followed the time-honored tradition of developing many stag film names for his porn performances, including Peter Long, Dick Hurt, and Dick Hard.  Ironically, it's reported that the stage name he would become identified with for the rest of his life (Harry Reems) was one that he didn't create himself.  



Reems became world-famous for his role in the adult-film classic "Deep Throat," which drew middle class audiences to the theaters nationwide and became a forerunner of today's hardcore adult-entertainment industry. The production of Deep Throat began in Miami, Florida, in January 1972.  Mr. Streicher was originally hired to be part of the lighting crew, but the director was unable to cast one of the stud roles and asked him to play the part. He was paid $100 for one day of work.  Apparently, Streicher was unaware that the director had given him the stage name "Harry Reems" for the flick until he saw the movie credits.   

The 1972 sex comedy was directed by beautician-turned-pornographer Gerard Damiano.  Deep Throat was intended as a spoof of "white-coat" porn films and magazines, a genre that VGMH has already covered (porn presented as a non-erotic scientific study, socially redeeming by the inclusion of medical dialog.  Ironically, Harry had actually performed in some of these "white coat" porn loops in his first days of porn, of which he was now having fun with in Deep Throat!  

It should be noted that Harry 's hairy physique was 'at the right place at the right time' in several important ways in history.  A lot of cultural elements collided to make Harry a star with gay men.  It was the breakout 1970s for gay liberation in major cities with adult theatres.  It was the 1970s breakout for sexuality in mainstream media,  a brief period of upper-middle class interest in explicit pornography, which Ralph Blumenthal of the New York Times called "porno chic."  And Deep Throat displayed the young charismatic Harry at a time when he was able to capitalize on similarities in appearance to athletle Mark Spitz (the Jewish diver owned the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, winning 7 gold medals and getting mega sex-appeal publicity of him in a speedo).  Both handsome, young and hairy men also sported those thick trademark mustaches.




It's reported that in an October 1975 VIVA magazine interview he was asked if "homosexuals offer themselves" to him, to which Reems replied "Yeah. When I was looking for material for my autobiography, I put an ad for "fan mail" in one of the trade papers. Ninety five percent of the mail I got was from gays." 



 
The film Deep Throat later served as the nickname for a source that helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein investigate the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation.  In 1976, Reems was convicted of obscenity for his role in the notorius film and faced a potential five-year prison term. There many cruel rape jokes about what would happen to him in prison "Reems gonna get reemed all the time" but fortunately Hollywood came to Reems’ rescue, helping to create a legal defense fund and hiring famed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz to represent him.  Celebrities including Jack Nicholson and Warren Beatty came to Reems' defense, and the conviction was overturned.  Still, he did not perform for about 8 years until his big comeback in 1982 (more to come about that).
 
After years of drug abuse, Reems began his recovery in 1989. He married and converted from Judaism to Christianity. "If I didn't put God in my life, I'd be dead now," he said. "I am not religious. I'm spiritual, 100 percent." He continued to identify himself as "Harry Reems," while he worked as a real estate agent. Reems died on March 19, 2013, at the veterans hospital in Salt Lake City from pancreatic cancer. He was 65. Reems was survived by his wife, Jeanne, and his brother. He had no children.




Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Retro Reading Material





Originally published in paperback pulp fiction by companies like Greenleaf Classics, these pulp novels understood the importance of the cover artwork in selling copies.  They were also oftentimes sold via mail orders with discounts for purchases of multiple novels.  And they were just not for the gay market.  In fact, the majority were straight and covered about every sexual taboo imaginable.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

1982's College Cock

So many items distinguish vintage printed porn in comparison to modern electronic versions.  Pages were limited in number (especially color ones) and so they made the most of space to deliver sexual pleasures, and often subset pictures were included in the corners. 
Oftentimes as in the case with this magazine, many publications were re-branded previous products or mediums, such a film.  College Cocks magazine features images from a gay porn movie, "The Best Little Warehouse in L.A.".  And the movie reaches even further back into porn recycling protocol, as it basically amounts to branding a series of individual loops around a working theme of blue collar guys.  It works!
The pre-condom 1982 film featured Cliff Austin , Dusty Sands , Ed Michaels , Frank Johns , Giorgio Canali , Lance Whitman , Michael Christopher , Mike Dean , Morgan , Rick Kennedy, and Terry Craig.  While this particular film is probably not in the same league, this was the era of quality erotic movies, and that same year's big straight hits were "I Like to Watch"(starring Mike Horner) and "Society Affairs" (starring sexy Harry Reems)Both of these films were professional with location settings, costumes, scripts, real lighting, cinematography, editing and music. While it's a straight movie, the advertising for Society Affairs gives the male stud top billing (Reems) and features his hairy chest front and center among a field of women.